“It looks to be something pretty special!”
These are the words of centre Liam Salter who, fresh from penning new terms at the Knights, spoke of his excitement at getting started at the LNER Community Stadium. “It’s been a pretty long process,” he admitted before adding “it’ll definitely be worth it when we have the chance to play in it.”
Salter joined the Knights ahead of 2019 and starred in his maiden season in the black and amber and the centre revealed he is more than settled at the club. “I’m very happy to part of the club for another year,” he explained. “The club as a whole has been progressing year on year and we’re looking to progress further.
“It’s really exciting to be a part of it.”
After spending all of his career previously at Hull KR, making over a century of appearances for the club, Salter’s move to the Knights was a big change, something he has relished. “For me, York is somewhere I’ve really enjoyed my rugby for the last couple of years and it was an easy decision to re-sign,” he outlined.
After such a long break from the game, Salter and the squad are looking forward to getting back into training ahead of 2021, a year which promises to be a big one for the Knights. On his targets for next season, Salter focussed on the team: “we just need to keep improving to keep going in the right direction and hopefully we can be in or around the play-offs come the end of the year.”
“Firstly, though, we need to get our head around having a good pre-season after a long time away and putting things in place for a good season to be possible.” For once, players may be looking forward to getting back into pre-season and, after so long away, Salter is one of them. “I’m looking forward to seeing the boys and just having the chance to train as a team again,” he admitted. “I think you can take it for granted at times and I’m looking forward to getting up and running again.”
Throughout the lengthy break, Salter was hard at work but admitted that it has given him, and others, the chance to do stuff that perhaps rugby league players don’t get the chance to do usually. “I went and had a crack at the Yorkshire Three Peaks last weekend which I wouldn’t usually have been able to do around this time,” he revealed.
Of his attempt at the challenge, Salter admitted it was tough: “We got through but it was harder than I thought it would be!”
Salter’s retention was possible with the generosity and hard work of our 2020 Patrons and Squadbuilder fund respectively and the 27-year-old paid tribute to them. “They’re massive for us and it doesn’t go unnoticed,” he said.
“Hopefully we can repay the faith that they have shown in the club.”